FRC, AFA Call on Media, Big Tech to Distance Themselves from the Disgraced Southern Poverty Law Center in Wall Street Journal Ad

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WASHINGTON, DC: Family Research Council went public today with a campaign in the Wall Street Journal exposing the “hypocrisy” of the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and calling upon the media and tech companies that use the SPLC’s tainted labeling of Christian groups to stop immediately. The ad, purchased in conjunction with the American Family Association and in cooperation with, calls on Spotify, MSNBC, CNN, YouTube, Amazon, and PayPal to stop aligning with the SPLC after former SPLC employees exposed the wealthy “charity” as a “con,” raising millions of dollars by expanding the definition of “hate” while operating an organization rife with racism and bigotry.

The ad quotes from former SPLC employees who have spoken out about their experiences:

Christine Lee, a Harvard Law School graduate and 1989 SPLC legal intern summarized, “There was not a single black employee with whom I spoke who was happy to be working there." The organization had “a way of talking about black people that hasn’t—I don’t think—been done in 30 or 40 years,” Lee concluded. Former SPLC attorney Gloria Browne agreed, “I was surprised at some of the things I saw, because it was a civil rights organization…I’ve heard racial slurs in the place.”

A former employee told The New Yorker, “You will never step foot in a more contradictory place as long as you live.” Another remarked, “It could be racial, sexual, financial—that place was a virtual buffet of injustices.” Former SPLC writer Bob Moser admitted, “We were part of the con, and we knew it.”

Former SPLC senior fellow Mark Potok made clear the SPLC’s ultimate aim, saying, “Sometimes the press will describe us as monitoring hate groups, I want to say plainly that our aim in life is to destroy these groups, completely destroy them.”

Family Research Council President Tony Perkins added the following comments:

“Now that employees of SPLC have pulled back the curtain on the organization’s hypocrisy, what will members of the media and big tech who aligned themselves with SPLC do? To continue to use SPLC’s politically-driven labeling will be an endorsement of SPLC’s blatant racism and bigotry,” concluded Perkins.

View the ad here: